Dalat Alumni Newsletter
May 2019
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May 2019

Dalat has been blessed to welcome many alumni and families home to campus this school year, and many others are reaching out to keep in touch with their dear classmates and friends through their alma mater. 

We are delighted to welcome you, connect you, support your reunions near and far, and pray for you and your family. Whether you spend all of your school years or just one of them at Dalat International School, know that you are loved by many here!

In this issue:

  • Update from the Fowler Family
  • Film Produced by Dalat Alumnus Now on Netflix
  • Alumnus Benjamin Tse is College Valedictorian
  • Welcome Back to Dalat, Alumni and Friends!
  • What’s New With You?

Update from the Fowler Family

Chuck and Midge Fowler as dorm parents at Dalat
In 1963, CHUCK AND MIDGE FOWLER were commissioned by the Christian & Missionary Alliance as missionaries and sent to Hong Kong to engage in church-planting ministries.  In 1976, the Hong Kong field generously “loaned” them to Dalat for two years as dorm parents to the high school girls. After two years’ service at Dalat, they returned to Hong Kong. 

In 2004, after 41 years of service with the C&MA, including 10 years as field director, Chuck and Midge retired and settled in Salem, Oregon, where they currently attend the Salem Alliance Church and enjoy the scenic views and weather of the Pacific Northwest. Their children, Rollen, Steve, and Cindy, all live within 800 yards of them. Chuck and Midge have eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
The Fowler Family

JUANITA (NITA) FOWLER, younger sister to Chuck Fowler, graduated from Dalat in 1962, when it was located in Dalat, Vietnam. She went back to the United States where she earned her nursing degree. In 1970, she started service with the C&MA by volunteering as secretary to the field chairman, Paul Undheim, in Thailand. 

Nita went to Irian Jaya (Papua), Indonesia, in 1971 as school nurse at the C&MA Sentani boarding school and also served the field director in Jayapura as secretary. Her service as secretary continued when she left Irian in 1989 to work for Peter Nanfelt in Colorado Springs, Colorado, who was the C&MA’s regional director of southeast Asia, and continued in that capacity when Mr. Nanfelt became vice president of the Overseas Division of the C&MA. 

Nita left employment with the C&MA in 1994 to marry Herb Little. From 1994 to 2017, Nita and Herb lived and worked in Alberta, Canada, as cattle ranchers. In 2018, after Herb went to be with the Lord, Nita moved back to the United States to live in Salem, Oregon, close to the Fowler family once again. In fact, she lives within earshot of her brother Chuck, nephews Rollen and Steve, and niece Cindy.

CINDY FOWLER graduated from Dalat in 1986 and moved to Tacoma, Washington, where she worked for two years. In 1988, after a six-month visit with family and friends in Hong Kong, she decided to attend Toccoa Falls College (TFC) in Toccoa, GA. In 1993, she graduated from TFC, majoring in Christian counseling and youth ministry. While working at the Delta Lake Bible Camp in Rome, New York, she met her future husband, Tim. Not long after working at Delta Lake, they got married in Poughkeepsie, New York, and then moved to Salem, Oregon, where they now live and work. Tim and Cindy have one son, Chandler, who also lives in Salem.

STEVE FOWLER graduated from Dalat in 1982 and moved to San Francisco, CA, to start his studies at Simpson College. While at Simpson, he was employed by United Parcel Service (UPS) and rose quickly to the position of manager. He married his girlfriend, Trina, and soon afterwards moved to Hood River, Oregon, to be closer to her family, where he then started working as a production manager for Luhr-Jensen Fishing & Tackle manufacturing company. 

While living and working in Hood River, Steve was called by God into church ministries. Steve pastored the East Hills Alliance Church in Kelso, Washington, and while pastoring he completed his master’s degree at Simpson University.  After nearly eight years of pastoral ministry in Kelso, Washington, he and his family then moved to Hong Kong and planted an international church with the Hong Kong C&MA. In 2005, after completing his work in Hong Kong, Steve accepted the outreach pastor position at the Salem Alliance Church in Salem, Oregon. After three years he was then named lead pastor at Salem Alliance. Steve and his wife, Trina, have four children (Bethany, Chase, Brittany, and Calum) and five grandchildren.

ROLLEN FOWLER graduated from Dalat in 1980 and began studies at Simpson College in San Francisco, California. He went on to complete his master’s degree in school psychology at Eastern Washington University and worked as a psychologist with children with developmental disabilities. In 1992, he moved to Eugene, Oregon, to complete his doctorate at the University of Oregon in special education and over the next 15 years worked in the public school system with children with disabilities as well as a researcher in both university and private research centers. He retired from the public school system and is now contracted by universities to teach special education classes and advises doctoral students completing their research studies. He and his wife, Melissa, live in Salem, Oregon. Rollen has three children, Kaelah, Quinn, and Cavan, and two grandchildren, Emerson and Linkoln. He is also blessed with two step-daughters, Natalie and Lilly, who are Melissa’s children.


Film Produced by Dalat Alumnus Now on Netflix

A film by Theo Love (Class of 2004), who is a film editor, director, and producer, was released by Netflix on March 29. The Legend of Cocaine Island is a documentary about a desperate man going on a buried treasure hunt for $2 million worth of cocaine in the Caribbean. This incredible real-life story has been screened at several film festivals across the United States this year.

Alumnus Benjamin Tse is College Valedictorian

Dalat is proud of our graduate, Benjamin Tse, Class of 2015, for maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average throughout his university career and attaining valedictorian status at Nyack College. 

Read more about his success.

Congratulations Ben!


Welcome back to Dalat, Alumni and Friends!

Elisa (Hsiu) Jenny (Class of 1997) brought her family
to visit Dalat in March.


Erin (Henry) Furgerson (Class of 1993) visited Dalat in April.


Curt Laird (Class of 1980) his wife Katrina and children
Soraya and Josiah also stopped by in April.


Robert Whiting (Class of 2005) and his wife Becca visited in May.


Great is His Faithfulness:
The History of Dalat International School

Dalat’s beautifully illustrated historical book, Great Is His Faithfulness, written by alumnus and teacher John “Tommy” Tompkins is something everyone who has attended our school will want to have. The book includes photos and stories from throughout the school’s 90 years and four locations.  The book is available to be shipped from the U.S. or Malaysia.

Read more information on our website.


What’s New With You?

Update your former classmates about the latest happenings in your life. A new job? Recently retired? Did you just get married? Have a baby? Made a major life change? Or maybe you just haven’t been in touch with fellow alumni in some time. We can help you reconnect! 

In 3–4 sentences let us know how you are doing and if possible, send a current photo. Please include your full name (including your maiden name) and year of graduation. We will share your brief update on Dalat’s website.

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